Above: Altrincham FC Youth 2014-15, courtesy of Michael Ripley Photography.
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Altrincham's Youth side is managed by George Heslop, ably assisted by former Alty player Chris Adams, with coaching assistance from Steven Crane. The team plays in the North West Youth Alliance (Under-18s) Premier Division. I am very grateful to George for his help in providing information for this page. If anyone else has information on the Youth team, I am always happy to receive it. You can e-mail me here. John Laidlar.
Altrincham FC Youth play their league and league cup games at Hale Country Club & Spa, Clay Lane, Timperley, adjacent to Bowdon RUFC, WA15 7AF.
FA Youth Cup games are played at Moss Lane. Altrincham & District FA games are usually held at Trafford FC, Shawe View.
26 April 2015
Match report here.
21 April 2015
Match report here
Right: Boris Melingui fights for possession against Prescot Cables.
16 April 2015
15 April 2015
After cruising to a 4-0 lead by early in the second half, Altrincham allowed the visitors back into the game, with two quick goals. But the win lifts Alty to second in the table, as they attempt to chase down the leaders Chester FC.
Match report here
Above: Alty defend in depth in the first half.
The remaining fixtures are here.
ALTY YOUTHS HELP CHESHIRE LIFT NATIONAL CUPWhilst the first-tem will recall our visit to Barnet with horror, four of Alty's youth team will have much happier memories of The Hive as the FA reports on the final of The FA County Youth Cup, last Sunday, at Barnet. The result was Middlesex 2 Cheshire 3. "Three goals in the space of ten minutes... sealed a remarkable late turnaround as Cheshire lifted The FA County Youth Cup... Middlesex had been 2-0 up until the 75th minute... until Cheshire's late wind-assisted charge saw them lift the trophy for the second time".
Cheshire started with Alty's James Campion and Harry Cain (the latter, replaced by James Clancy 62 minutes) while Sam Heathcote was a used sub on 72 minutes".
8 April 2015 here
As they chase league leaders, Chester FC, Alty Youth's six remaining games are all at home, starting with a match against Curzon Ashton next Tuesday, at Clay Lane, 6.30pm.
31 March 2015
29 March 2015
24 March 2015
A further indication of the excellent job done by Alty Youth manager George Heslop and his coaches over the years is that, last Saturday, both of Stockoport County's defenders, were ex-Alty Youth players, Matty Todd and Connor Hancock.
23 March 2015
- Youth graduate Duncan Watmore was on the bench for Sunderland in the Premiership.
- Altrincham under-17s represented Altrincham & District FA in the Cheshire County FA District Cup. They beat Stockport 6-0 at Cheadle to reach the final.
- Altrincham FC under-18s beat Witton Albion 4-0, away, to reach the final of the Neil Thomason Trophy, a competition named after the late Altrincham FC Youth coach.
- Glossop North End won their FA Vase semi f-nal first leg 2-0 at St Austell with five ex-Alty Youth players in the squad - Kieran and Kelvin Lugsden, Tom Bailey, Sam Grimshaw and Richard Gresty.
- Four Alty Youth players were in the squad as Cheshire FA beat Northumberland 2-1 to reach the FA Northern Counties final. James Clancy scored the first goal, Harry Cain laid on the second and James Campion played the full game whilst Sam Heathcote was on the bench.
20 March 2015
The Cheshire FA reports that "The FA County Youth Cup Final is at 2pm, Sunday 12 April 2015 at The Hive, Barnet FC. Middlesex...will take on Cheshire, who themselves claimed County Youth Cup victory in 1984. After starting in the 1944-45 season, the competition is celebrating its 71st year and comes to Barnet's impressive new home for the very first time.
Middlesex came through four games to reach the Final... Cheshire have faced one more match, starting in the first round and playing four back-to-back ties at home. West Riding (3-2), Northumberland (4-3), East Riding (1-0) and Worcestershire (4-1) all succumbed before they travelled to Liverpool's Walton Hall Park ground in the last-four. The semi-final ended 1-1 after extra-time but the Cheshire side came through 4-2 on penalties to secure their visit to Barnet for the Final."
Alty Youth players who have featured for Cheshire are James Campion, Harry Cain, Sam Heathcote and James Clancy.
1 March 2015 table on Sunday. They are eight points behind Chester but have two games in hand. In foul weather, Altrincham overcame Skelmersdale United at Clay Lane, winning 3-0, thanks to goals from Shaun Arrowsmith, a Sam Heathcote penalty and a second-half goal from Rhain Davies. Next Sunday they are away to Morecambe.
Above: Sam Heathcote's penalty against Skelmersdale had enough power to get through the hands of the visitors' goalkeeper. Sam is just out of the picture.
On Saturday, Sam Heathcote scored the winning penalty in a shoot out between Cheshire FA Youth and Liverpool after the score was 1-1 at full-time and after extra time. Cheshire meet Middlesex in the final of the County competition, at a venue to be announced on Saturday, 11 April. Heathcote was a late substitute in the game against Liverpool. The Cheshire squad also included Alty's James Campion, James Clancy and Harry Cain.
23 February 2015
The next Alty Youth game is on Sunday, 1 March, at home to Skelmersdale United at Clay Lane, 2pm.
15 February 2015
Once again an Altrincham v Abbey Hey youth match was mired in controversy as the visitors included in their line-up a player allegedly contracted to a football club and, if so, therefore ineligible to compete in youth football. Earlier this season the Gorton club's use of ineligible players against Altrincham had led to their exclusion from the Neil Thomason Cup. The referee was not in a position to rule on the matter and so opted to play the game, leaving the League to resolve the eligibility issue.
And, with Alty leading 3-1, the game itself was to culminate in a mass brawl which saw Abbey Hey's Ryan Masterson and Alty keeper Jamie Burrows red-carded.
Altrincham took the lead with the last kick of the first half as Reece Dwyer converted a penalty, awarded after he had been fouled. Abbey Hey equalised through Masterson after 66 minutes. However, two late goals from James Clancy sealed the win for Altrincham.
There is a match report here.
Above: Reece Dwyer nets his penalty to make it 1-0.
9 February 2015 here.
29 January 2015
A match report, courtesy of George Heslop, is here.
27 January 2015 report on Sunday's draw at Curzon Ashton.
25 January 2015
18 January 2015
However, in a rearranged fixture, Alty are now set to travel to Ashton Athletic on Tuesday 27 January, k.o. 7.30pm.
19 December 2014
18 December 2014
14 December 2014
12 December 2014 here.
1 December 2014 Independent Schools' FA has announced that its England national under-18s' squad will include Altrincham FC Youth forward, Aaron Goldman, of Manchester Grammar School, who follows in the footsteps of Duncan Watmore in representing his country for the ISFA.
10 November 2014 match report on the game.
4 November 2014 match report on the game at Prescot last Sunday.
30 October 2014
27 October 2014
Youth defender James Farrington has kindly provided a match report.
26 October 2014
OPEN CUP EXITIn the NWYA Open Cup Second Round, Altrincham Youth lost 4-3 in a penalty shoot out at Daisy Hill after the match had ended 1-1 after extra time.
The next fixture on Sunday, 2 November, is away, in the league, to Prescot Cables.
22 October 2014 here
21 October 2014 here.
Chester report that "Chester FC Youth continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win against Conference neighbours Altrincham. Goals from first years, Kieran Evans and Matt Waters, sealed the win for the blues, which was their third successive win in the league.
The first half saw chances at a premium... The second half became a more open affair from the opening minute. Sam Hughes’ knockdown from a free-kick couldn’t be steered goalwards as the Blues began to get hold of the contest. The opening goal finally came ten minutes into the second half. Matt Waters skipped past a man on the left hand side before forcing the ball to the back post, finding Kieran Evans in space who remained composed enough to slot the ball into the far corner of the net.
Altrincham had begun to open up, with a second goal looking imminent... The second goal was to come from the spot after a truly exceptional build up. Waters received the ball on the left side who then nut-megged his marker, before Robson let the ball run through his legs into the path of Jacob Evans. One touch passes were exchanged on the edge of the box before left back Waters skipped beyond the defence, only to be bundled over by the goalkeeper. Waters stepped up to convert the penalty to give the Blues a two-goal cushion.
Altrincham got a foothold in the game with a quarter of an hour to go. James Jones handled the ball in the penalty area, resulting in Jarrod Christopher being beaten from the spot. Despite the lead being halved, the youngsters showed great confidence to see the game out".
However, "Under the floodlights on Thursday evening Chester FC Youth were beaten in dramatic style by Irlam FC [Alty's conquerors] in the FA Youth Cup... It was Chester who opened the scoring... The Blues then doubled their lead moments later... The visitors got a goal back on the 39th minute after Zar Jordan was brought down in the Blues’ area following a foul from Jordan Coxall. John Main stepped up and placed the penalty in the top right corner... The lead was then extended just before half time...
The game quickly developed in Chester’s favour... Following the break the Blues were caught out after Christopher attempted a piece of skill to beat Main, the Irlam striker tackled the Blues stopper and simply passed the ball over the line... Irlam never gave up and they were awarded a penalty after Tom Waring brought down an Irlam attacker in the area. The Blues right-back was subsequently sent off for being the last man back. Main stepped up to take the penalty and converted it comfortably.
The visitors then took the lead following another similar incident. James Jones was the last man back and brought down another Irlam player in the area. The midfielder was immediately shown a red card which reduced Chester to nine men. Main stood over the ball and scored the resulting penalty. Minutes before the full time whistle, Irlam made it five after Isaac Illidge guided his header well to beat the Chester stopper and award the visitors a place in the next round of the FA Youth Cup".
16 October 2014 Cheshire FA reports that "Cheshire FA progressed to the Second Round of the FA County Youth Cup with a hard fought 3-2 victory over West Riding FA... West Riding opened the scoring when Cheshire failed to clear their lines and having scored they became a different team, playing with much more conviction.
In the 50th minute Cheshire equalised through Masterson. Within a minute West Riding retook the lead with a low hard drive into the bottom right hand corner... In the 80th minute Ryan Masterson equalised for Cheshire. From then on it was all Cheshire, dictating play with nonstop pressure in an attempt to score the winner... In the 85th minute, a neat combination between Jacob Evans and Jonathan Jones led to the ball being played wide to [Altrincham's] Harry Cain who drove in a low hard cross to the back post for Masterson to slide the ball home to claim his hat-trick and victory for Cheshire.
Following on from their previous victory away at Manchester FA in the Northern Counties Youth Competition, it was another good all round squad performance from Cheshire... Cheshire FA now play Northumberland FA at home in the Second Round of the FA County Youth Cup on 1st November 2014 at Vauxhall Motors."
The Cheshire FA Youth squad list includes Altrincham's James Campion, Harry Cain and Sam Heathcote
Meanwhile, the Independent Schools' FA reports that "Following the U18 North matches on Sunday 12th October, a squad has been selected to face Lancashire Schools on Sunday 16th November. It includes Alty Youth's Aaron Goldman, of Manchester Grammar School. Last Sunday the ISFA North beat Cheshire Schools 2-1 at The King's School, Chester
1-0 up, "The lead was doubled in the second half when fine work down the right by Ike Alexian ended with a cross for Aaron Goldman to score".
14 October 2014
To make matters worse, late in this game, centre-back Sam Heathcote picked up an injury, which is likely to keep him out for several weeks.
James Farrington, who played at left-back for the Alty team, has kindly provided a match report on the game which Alty won 3-0.
12 October 2014
5 October 2014 here.
Interestingly, one of the linesmen for this game, Mr Jordan Crossley, was a spectator at the Altrincham v North Ferriby United match last season in Conference North. He was watching the game with local Premiership referee, Anthony Taylor. When the match referee went lame, Jordan, on Anthony Taylor's recommendation, stepped in to act as assistant referee and performed excellently.
23 September 2014
A report from James Farrington is here.
15 September 2014 here.
Right, we see Altrincham defending a first-half Hyde freekick.
Don't forget that next Monday (22nd, 7.45pm), Alty Youth play Irlam FC Youth at the J. Davidson Stadium in the FA Youth Cup First QR. Spectators are welcome; adults £3, concessionaries £2.
13 September 2014
Before then, on Sunday (14th) Alty Youth play a NWYA league match at home to Hyde FC at Clay Lane (2.30pm).
11 September 2014
The Alty v Irlam match will be played on Monday 22nd September, at 7.45pm.
Above, courtesy of Mike Ripley, we see the Altrincham FC Youth squad before their win over Colne last Monday (click on image to enlarge). This and more of Mike's excellent Alty photos are on his website.
9 September 2014
In tonight's FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round match, Altrincham earned a home tie against either Irlam Town or Glossop North End in the next round of the FA Youth Cup. After a goalless first half, the lively Harry Cain finished off a well-worked freekick routine to give Alty a 55th minute lead. Joe Coffey's back-post header from Jake Foy's cross made it 2-0 after 67 minutes. Substitute Ben Reid completed the scoring with a fine shot from Cain's pass in the 85th minute.
Match report here
Above, Alty warm up before the match with Colne.
2 September 2014
FA YOUTH CUP ON MONDAY
Altrincham FC Youth (under-18s) play Colne at the J. Davidson Stadium, Moss Lane, this Monday night (7.45pm) in the FA Youth Cup, at 7.45pm. Admission is just £3 for adults and £2 for concessionaries.
DISTRICT CUPAltrincham FC Under 17s are representing Altrincham and District FA against Mid Cheshire in the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup at Witton Albion FC, this Sunday, k.o. 11.00 am.
CHESHIRE FA MATCHESCheshire County FA youth team's first fixture is on 27 September at 2pm, away to Manchester FA at Salford Sports Village. The Cheshire home league and cup matches are set to be played at Vauxhall Motors' Rivacre Park ground. In the FA County Youth Cup, the first tie is against West Riding FA on Saturday 11 October, 2pm.
1 September 2014
Reece Dwyer netted six times, the other goals coming from Harry Cain, Sam Heathcote (penalty), Will Foster and Shaun Arrowsmith. The win was achieved despite injuries; Will Foster suffered a broken arm and Aaron Goldman received a fiercely struck ball in the face.
The team was: 1. Jamie Burrows, 2. James Campion, 3. Jake Foy, 4. Cole McGrath, 5. Sam Heathcote (capt), 6. Laurence Taylor, 7. Shaun Arrowsmith, 8. William Foster, 9. Marc Bellingham, 10. Reece Dwyer, 11. Harry Cain. SUbs, all used: 12. Tryevon Simpson, 14. Obajimi Folagbade, 15. Joseph Coffey, 16. Aaron Goldman, 17. Benjamin Reid.
24 August 2014 FA confirms that Altrincham FC Youth lost 0-2 at Warrington Town on Sunday.
18 August 2014 here.
Right: Jimmy Folagbade (in blue shirt) contests possession with the Abbey Hey captain.
The latest league table is here.
13 August 2014
FA YOUTH CUPAltrincham's FA Youth Cup 1st QR match at home to Colne will be played on Monday, 8 September at 7.45pm. The venue will be the J. Davidson Stadium, Moss Lane, Altrincham WA15 8AP.
SEASON STARTSAltrincham FC Youth under-18s' team starts its league season in the NWYA Premier League this Sunday (17th) with an away match against Abbey Hey. Though based in Gorton, Abbey Hey play their youth games at the Egerton Boys' Club, Knutsford. Kick off is at 2.30pm.
29 July 2014
FIXTURESAltrincham FC Youth's first league and cup fixtures have been issued and can be seen here.
"After an intense pre-season training period, Altrincham FC Youth travelled to Derry, Northern Ireland, to compete in the Foyle Cup which is a five day tournament with matches every day.
Altrincham Youth were led by Manager Paul Fay, Coaches Graham Houghton and Adam Nuttall. The team was put in a group with Inishshowen Youth League, Oldpark Reds, and hosts Derry City. The young Robins finished third in the group, finishing on four points, but had a weaker goal difference than Inishowen, who came second.
Altrincham drew their first game 1-1 with Inishowen Youth League, followed by a comfortable win over Oldpark Reds 4-1 the next day. The final day of the group stages saw Altrincham have a chance of finishing first with a win over Derry city. However, the lads lost to a strong Derry side that went on to win every game in the group stage.
Alty finished third in the group, which led them to enter the Foyle Rose Bowl. The Foyle Rose Bowl consisted of the four teams which finished third out of the four groups. Altrincham drew Mountjoy United, a match which they won 2-0 leading them to the final against Newtowne FC the following day.
Altrincham lost 2-1 after a close game but failure to make the most of their chances meant Alty, sadly, couldn’t get the result they desired.
However, the overall experience of getting to play full-time football for the week was a valuable and thoroughly enjoyable experience for each member of the team! Throughout the week it was evident the lads became much closer and it was a great team building exercise, standing them in good stead for the coming season.
Although the results didn’t go Altrincham’s way, they will hope to capitalise on this experience this season due to the intensity of the competition".
23 July 2014
CHRIS'S NEW ROLEAs previously reported, Altrincham FC Youth recently appointed former player Dan Millen as Assistant Manager and Team Coach. However, unforeseen family commitments have meant that, although Dan's involvement with the team will continue, the role of Assistant Manager and Team Coach will now be assumed by former Alty left-back, Chris Adams. Most recently Chris has been assistant to Graham Heathcote at Stafford Rangers.
21 July 2014
LEAGUE COMPOSITIONThe FA lists the clubs which will comprise the NWYA Premier League for 2014-15.They are Abbey Hey, Altrincham, Ashton Athletic, Barrow, Chester, Curzon Ashton, Hyde, Morecambe, Prescot Cables, Skelmersdale Utd, Warrington Town and Witton Albion.
11 July 2014
FRIENDLYOn Saturday 12th July 2014, Altrincham AFC Under 18s take on Accrington Stanley in a friendly match. It kicks off at 12 noon at Partington Sports Centre, Chapel Lane, Partington, M31 4ES. The referee isTim Willis and the assistant referees are Rohan Anand and Felipe Morais.
4 July 2014
In the Cheshire County Football Association District Youth Challenge Cup League 1, Altrincham & District FA (comprising Altrincham FC players) play Mid-Cheshire FA (away) on Sunday, 7 September, Chester FA (away) on Sunday, 12 October Stockport (home) on Sunday, 19 October 2014 and Runcorn (home) on Sunday, 9 November.
17 June 2014
24 May 2014
The team has also been the Premiership Cup winner three times & runners-up four times. So, we are trying to keep up a high standard of play and discipline. Our pre-season is due to start around June 24th. Manager George Heslop (Manager) can be contacted on phone 0161-718-0624 or by e-mail.
Above, Max Pouncey received the James Black Trophy from Ian and Jenny Black after being selected by George Heslop as the Manager's Player of the Season.
The annual presentation night for Altrincham FC youth players was held on Friday evening. This year two youth squads were honoured; the Under-18s who play in the NW Youth Alliance Premier League, and the Under-17s, who feature in the NWYA First Division and represent Altrincham and District FA in the Cheshire County FA's District Youth Cup.
The Under-18s finished league runners up and progressed to Round Two of the FA Youth Cup before bowing out with honour at Walsall's Bescot Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Under-17s finished off their season on a high note by clinching the NWYA President's Cup trophy.
Paul Fay presented his Under-17s' Manager's Player of the Season award to Will Foster and the Players' Player of the Season trophy to James Campion.
Altrincham FC Vice-Chairman Andrew Shaw introduced the Under-18s Youth Team manager, George Heslop. Before announcing the awards, George paid tribute to his captain, Spencer Cunliffe, who had recovered from a bout of glandular fever to attend the event. He went on to praise Spencer's talent and commitment whilst joking about the verbal exchanges that he and his captain had during the past two seasons.
George's first award was to goalkeeper Steve Bullen, who was named as Clubman of the Season. Unfortunately, Steve was unable to be present to receive this honour in person.
George called on Karen Rowley to present the Goalscorers' Award to Max Pouncey. The manager then announced the prizes for Players' Player of the Season, as voted by the squad. Third place was won by goalkeeper Josh Samberg whilst the runner-up was defender Tom Clarke. The winner of the Players' Player award was fellow defender David Brown.
George then paid tribute to James Black, a keen supporter of Altrincham FC, who had died at the age of 18, and in whose memory his parents, Ian and Jenny Black, had commissioned a prestigious bronze trophy which is awarded each year to the Manager's Player of the Season. For 2013-14 the award went to striker Max Pouncey.
Finally, George paid tribute to his long-suffering wife, Jenny, who had not only endured George's many absences at football matches and training but had also washed the players' kit for 17 years. On his behalf, Club Secretary Derek Wilshaw presented Jenny with a well deserved bouquet.
Before the presentations ended, Andrew Shaw underlined the admirable work done this season by George in managing the team despite suffering ill health. For his part, George looked forward to being able to resume his full role in 2014-15.
Above, top row, David Brown, Players' Player of the Season with George Heslop and Andrew Shaw; Max Pouncey, Goalscorer of the Season, with Karen Rowley and George Heslop. Middle row: Tom Clarke and Josh Samberg, respectively second and third in the Players' Player of the Season voting. Bottom row: George Heslop with Andrew Shaw, and, right, Derek Wilshaw with Jenny and George Heslop.
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